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  • Charles

    This summary of the research is somewhat disingenuous…. There is no other way to teach competent reading of English other than phonics! The so-called “whole language” approach is a fraud!

    On the other hand, phonics is NOT a good way of teaching spelling in English! English deviates from pure phonetics sufficiently to assure that students who are taught to spell phonetically become mediocre spellers at best. The best approaches to teaching spelling of English involve teaching the student to “picture” the word – or several possible versions of the word and then check out how the student FEELS while looking at each possibility. The only other practice needed to become an excellent speller is to read a lot!

    • KatieJ

      try a spelling-based phonics approach like the “Alphabet Island” method from Eagles Wings Publishers.

  • alana

    very informative. Who was the author of this article and when was it posted?

  • Jessica Jacquet

    I watched “Barney and Friends” when I was a girl. I like phonics. Phonics is one of my favorite subjects. I am teaching my wolf cut-out phonics. I have a “Spectrum Phonics grade 1″ workbook at home. I am going to be a phonics teacher. I am teaching my zebra cut-out phonics. My zebra cut-out is seven months old. Spanish is one of my favorite subjects. I was born in 1987. My older sister was born in 1985. “Barney and Friends” was on TV when I was a girl. I am a twenty-six-year-old woman. My older sister doesn’t like “Barney and Friends” very much.